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Chateau d'angers: photos, description (Chateau d'angers)

Chateau d'angers is located in the French Department of Maine and Loire. The castle is located in the same city and stands on the river Maine. During the Roman Empire in this place is the fortifications.

In the IX century, the bishops of Angers of the counts of Anjou allowed to build in castle. In the XII century, this area became part of the continental lands of England, controlled at the time of the Plantagenet dynasty. In 1204 the French king Philip II conquered the County of Anjou, and Chateau d'angers was expanded during the Regency of Castile Blanca, the mother of king St. Louis IX. This rebuilding of the castle occurred in 1234, was worth more than 4 thousand French livres. In 1246 Louis gave the castle to his brother, Charles of Anjou, king of Sicily.

In 1352, king John II the Good was transferred to Chateau d'angers his younger son, Louis I of Anjou, who again rebuilt the castle. At the same time, the castle appeared its main value - a series of tapestries representing scenes of Revelation, known as the "Angers Apocalypse". These tapestries were ordered by the court to the Paris weaver Nicolas Batu in 1373, and the sketches were created by Dutch artist Jan de Bandolim.

In the years 1405-1412 son of Louis I to Louis II of Anjou built a castle to the Royal apartments and chapel. This chapel was named Holy, because it houses one of the relics of the passion of Christ - a fragment of the cross on which Jesus was crucified Christ. Relic was acquired by the French king Louis IX the Holy Ghost.

At the beginning of the XV century in Angers castle, took refuge of the young Dauphin Charles, future king Charles VII of France. In 1562 when Catherine de Medici Chateau d'angers again took the form of an impregnable fortress, but a few years later, during the reign of her son king Henry III tower and the castle walls were severely reduced in size, and the remaining stone was used for construction and strengthening of the city Angers. However, Chateau d'angers was able to withstand the numerous attacks of the forces of the Huguenots, as the king settled down in the castle Outpost and installed it on the towers artillery.
Chateau d'angers was able to prove its defensive significance and after a few centuries in the late eighteenth century, the thick walls of the castle withstood a lengthy cannon bombardment during the Vendée rebellion.

Then in Angers castle was a military Academy for officers where, for example, was trained by the great English General, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, famous for his victory over Napoleon Bonaparte at the battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Over its history Chateau d'angers was never captured by enemy troops, however he was seriously destroyed during the Second world war - was an ammunition dump exploded. And in 2009 from-for short circuit in the castle was a fire - burned part of the roof, suffered valuable tomes from the Royal apartments.

Now the castle belongs to the town of Angier. Take a trip to the part of the ramparts, the chapel and gallery of the tapestries "the Apocalypse of Angers". You can also climb the Mill tower, and enjoy top views of the city.